The current GOP candidate for New York governor and a former political standout were honored guests at the Delaware County Republican Committee’s 61st annual Lincoln Day dinner, held Friday at the Delhi American Legion.
After state leaders rallied the audience, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Republican opponent, Rob Astorino outlined his platform and spoke about his priorities for the state and the region. Congratulations were also extended to Wanita Lewis, honored as the first woman to serve as a Delaware County supervisor, elected in 1973.
Astorino, a Westchester County executive, asked the crowd, “Is New York winning or losing?” and followed up by painting a picture of a state in trouble.
“In the last four years, over 400,000 people have moved out of New York,” Astorino said. “A survey revealed that 42 percent of the population would follow if they could. New York is losing.”
Astorino described a climate of high taxes and a cultural corruption, and spoke about how his experiences in Westchester County would guide him in Albany if elected in November.
“There are 1 million people in Westchester,” said Astorino. “While serving on the county board of legislators, I helped reduce the overall spending by 5.2 percent. If we can do it in Westchester, we can do it across the state.”
Astorino also identified natural gas exploration as a goal of his administration, noting that, “Public health and water quality can be the top priority. A protocol and regulations can be put in place and New York state can tap into its wealth.”
Revenues from the new industry could help lower taxes and bolster education spending, he said.
While expressing his support for women’s issues, Astorino said he would diverge from Gov. Andrew Cuomo on one point of the proposed Womens Equality Act, noting that, “Early-term abortions are sufficient. To legalize late-term abortions is unnecessary and too radical.”